My first pumpkin ale of the season was the outstanding Southern Tier Pumking, so we will see how Dogfish Head Punkin Ale stacks up.
Nice copper color and tons of warm spices as soon as it’s poured. Loads of pumpkin pie spice like cinnamon, clove, and allspice. Of course, the pumpkin in present, too. I’m getting more hops here than I have with other pumpkin ales, but they are spicy hops that pair quite nicely with the pie spices. Nice warmth from the 7% ABV, as well.
It’s pretty darn good, but I’d go with Pumking over this. The Punkin Ale is dominated by spices, where the Pumking had more complex and better balanced flavor.